Jury members

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Currently leading the expansion to USA, Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom and Germany of a Private Equity Fund and the creation of an Accelerator in Italy with verticals in portfolio such as FinTech, Smart Mobility, Energy and Digital Health.Hephaestus Ventures is a private equity fund supporting the growth of Corporate Venture Capital through the creation of an accelerator in Milan called HV Labs to support the creation of new products and services and the expansion abroad of Italian Companies towards Brazil, United States, China, South Africa, Russia and India, United Kingdom and Germany. We support Senior Managers in their process of Digital Transformation to create Spin-Off of the projects of Open Innovation of the Corporates from which they come from in these verticals: FinTech, Energy, Smart Mobility , Digital Health.

Antonino SACCÀ

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HEPHAESTUS VENTURE

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ITALIAN ANGELS FOR GROWTH

Giorgio AGRO

Graduated in engineering management at the Milan Polytechnic, Giorgio is passionate about startup and digital innovation. After a first experience in Microsoft, today Giorgio works in IAG as an analyst supporting the team in the various deal flow activities.
Christophe is the founder and CEO of 5M Ventures, which is a french accelerator of startups. 5M Ventures has invested in 15 French and Sspanisch companies so far, and helped to finance 27 other companies in the last 18 months, with a focus on BtoC, CtoC, BtoBtoC, pre-serie A, or Serie A. Prior to that Christophe, who fluently speaks french, english and german, was CEO of renowned Media Companies in France and Germany, and started his career as an investment banker.
 

Christophe MONTAGUE

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5M VENTURES

Carolina is a Senior Executive with more than 25yrs experience in international and multicultural businesses, working in Italy, South Europe and US, with a focus on financial services, transaction banking, payment system , lending and insurance. 

She has a strong financial, sales, marketing and operation background, developed through different management roles covered in finance, marketing, sales, product management, business development. She is used to lead complex projects for size and change management impacts and she has also significant experience in new initiative start up. Currently she is Head of Customer and Innovation Hub in Poste Italiane Group; Board Member; Founder of a not for profit organization supporting women professional growth (PWN Rome); Business Angel, member of Italian Angels for Growth (IAG).

Carolina GIANARDI

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POSTE ITALIANE

Founding partner of De Paoli Associati Srl of Milan, Italy and De Paoli (Shanghai) Business Consulting Co. Ltd of Shanghai, China. His first work experience in the 1970s in an Italian fashion industry was crucial to Stefano De Paoli's future career, thanks to the company’s pioneering activity, at that time, of producing quality fashion in the Far East, with own design, technology and supervision. The next step, in 1977, was his appointment as director and Italy representative of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), a quasi-government organization responsible for the promotion of trade relations of Hong Kong, a position which he maintained until 1988. This experience was fundamental to its formation in an advanced international scenario, such as that of Hong Kong, in the multiplicity of nuances that characterized, in those years, the economic and diplomatic relations of that British enclave in Chinese territory. see more...

Stefano DE PAOLI

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French, married, father of 3, Mechanichal Engineering, metallurgy and business administration skills, I living in Italy since 1995. I enjoy excellent automotive industry and international relations skills, I built a large network by working worldwide with technicians, commercials, legal, financial experts and public authorities. I use many different resources and skills to enlarge my network to face challenges.

I’m used to collaborate at C and Executives levels for Strategy, Planning, M&A, International Business Development and Management, Sales & Marketing, Purchasing.

I have multi countries background (Europe, NAFTA, Russia and CIS, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, Iran, Middle East) and multi sectors experinces (Steel production and distribution, Automotive, Motorcycle, Appliances, Construction & Infrastructure, Interior design, Food & Beverage, Wellness). My working experiences are PSA, ArcelorMittal, CLN Spa and currently I’m President & Managing Director of Fast Direct Link Srl, Managing Director of Revis Srl and involved in several Managing Boards.

Philippe LEFORT

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FAST DIRECT LINK

Since 2017 Antonio is the Manager of the Enel’s Hub in Italy. He manages all collaborations with
startups within Enel Group and the presence in innovation ecosystems at national level. Since
joining Enel in 2015, he has gained relevant experience in the energy sector and in particular in the
Photovoltaic field. Prior to Enel, Antonio worked for 6 years with Ernst&Young.

Antonio Biondi

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ENEL

Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering @ Politecnico di Milano, Executive Master in Technologies & Innovation Management @ Bologna Business School.

Professional experience started in Aerospace and then moved to Home Appliances, in Whirpool Corporation and Electrolux Group.

After managerial positions in Electrolux technology organization, Lucia implemented Open Innovation strategy and then built and managed Group Innovation Hub.

Now Managing Partner @ GELLIFY, a platform for B2B innovation, to connect traditional companies and innovative B2B digital startups: she drives Industry 4.0 Business Unit and Open Innovation Platform.  see more 

Lucia CHIERCHIA

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UNICREDIT

Marco is the responsible for FinTech Strategy & Equity Investments team in UniCredit. Passionate about innovation, Marco brings his sound knowledge of banking and financial business, lateral thinking and problem solving approach to speed up processes and create business opportunities. Alongside with his 4 year experience within the UniCredit Group Strategy Team, as responsible for the Competitive Strategy & Benchmarking, he acted as a promoter of UniCredit EVO initiative

Marco PUSTERLA

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Tommaso is CEO and co-founder of CrowdFundMe S.p.A. Before CrowdFundMe, Tommaso co-founded Doctor Dentist (a network of dental clinics), together with his father and 2 other shareholders. He worked as a marketing director focusing on the opening of 7 clinics and was responsible of the company’s marketing activity. In 2013 he took part in the negotiations that led to the sale of the company. 

Tommaso BALDISSERA PACCHETTI 

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CROWFUNDME

Tommaso is CEO and co-founder of CrowdFundMe S.p.A. Before CrowdFundMe, Tommaso co-founded Doctor Dentist (a network of dental clinics), together with his father and 2 other shareholders. He worked as a marketing director focusing on the opening of 7 clinics and was responsible of the company’s marketing activity. In 2013 he took part in the negotiations that led to the sale of the company. 

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Luca Carlomagno is a Partner of Vgen, a community that connects Startups, students, SMEs with a focus on innovation and tech trends. Passionate about entrepreneurship, from a young age he has been supporting the daily activities of his family consulting business. He was accepted at Bocconi University in the BSc in Economics and Finance, graduating in July 2020.  During his first months at university, he started his activity as a strategy consultant for business model design working with startups. He consolidated his skills related to the FinTech world during his experience at Deus technology, a leading Italian B2B FinTech firm.  He serves as an executive for BS Fintech Evangelism, a Bocconi student association, and he is one of the founding members of Italia4Blockchain, an association based in Milan. Now he is a partner of Vgen, coordinating a 10 people team, acting as a co-head of the national expansion and directing the development of the startup network.

Luca CARLOMAGNO

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Vgen 

Originally from Mexico Queta is Program Manager at Techstars Paris, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs to succeed. Queta arrived in Paris with the mission to run the program in France for the first time, which currently has a portfolio of 21 companies accelerated working with 6 corporate partners. As the Program Manager Queta runs the program from end to end, which activities include source companies, mentor founders and employees, support fundraising strategies, and work closely with corporate partners to find potential customer relationships. 

Before Paris, Queta was leading the finances for the Latin-American region of the Techstars Community and supporting the Mexican entrepreneurship ecosystem by evaluating the innovative projects that were applying to the Mexican Minister of Economy funds.
 

Queta GONZALEZ

Techstars

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Dimitri a une double compétence en e-business et finance : 
*E-Business :  Master en Management de l’innovation GEM à Grenoble & Expériences dans des startups digitales à Paris et Barcelone 
*Finance :  Msc Finance LSBF à Londres & Fonds d’investissement à Paris 

 

SR Capital Invest est la société d’investissement de la famille Romanyszyn qui investit dans l’immobilier, les sociétés cotées en bourse et dans les startups : 
Exemples de participations vendues :  iGraal revendue à M6 en 2013, Semantiweb revendue à Webedia en 2016, Pretty Fun Therapy revendue à Match Group en 2016 et Videdressing revendue à Schibsted France en 2018.
Exemples participations actuelles : Yescapa, Yoopies, MISM et Artsper

 

Dimitri ROMANYSZYN

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SR Capital Invest

Giovanni Vecchio is a Director and Italy Representative for Euronext running Euronext equity business in Italy. 
Giovanni gained a strong track record in SMEs financing including more than 6 IPOs completed with Integrae SIM, a leading italian investment bank focused on small cap ECM/DCM, as well as several M&A deals and structured debt securities issuing. His sector expertise includes financial and venture, ICT, cleantech and energy. 

He was also investment manager with focus on portfolio valorization and exits at TTVenture, a venture capital fund managed by Quadrivio, one of the largest and diversified AMC in Italy, where he managed a portfolio of 5 companies in lifescience and new materials and completed several deals such as an international IPO on a portfolio company engaged in on nanoparticles industry.

Giovanni VECCHIO

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Euronext

Marco is the Innovation Officer of LCA. In this role, he explores new and global trends in law, with a view to leverage on new technologies to deliver better legal services to clients. He also serves as attorney and advises national and international clients, primarily regarding copyright law. He has a wide experience working with startups, both as mentor, lawyer and negotiation advocate.
Marco collaborates with Harvard Law School as Teaching Fellow for the CopyrightX course. He has also given seminars and spoke at numerous panel discussions on copyright/entertainment law, and negotiation/mediation.

Marco IMPERIALE

LCA

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Energy Engineer with an IT Governance Master, Emiliano is working at Cefriel, a digital innovation center founded in 1988 by Politecnico di Milano, and that today includes as shareholders three other universities, the Lombardy Region and 18 multinational companies.​ Emiliano is a Digital Ecosystem Expert and his main role is the Scientific Coordination of the E015 Digital Ecosystem of the Lombardy Region. Emiliano is even a lecturer for various Masters at the Politecnico di Milano.

EMILIANO SERGIO VERGA

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